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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 1, 2012 1:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dead Sources

I have started a new site:
http://deadsources.blogspot.com/

I've often lamented how many newspaper or magazine articles about the Dead from the early days are now quite inaccessible or hard to find. Aside from their value as source material on the band's history, it's often interesting to see how the band was perceived by the media at the time, or how a show was described by reviewers who were there. But very few of these pieces have been reprinted - the Grateful Dead have no "Press Reports" book like some other bands have.

So the idea behind Dead Sources is to collect & transcribe as many important articles from roughly the first ten years of the Dead as I can find. There are many different kinds of pieces - news reports, show reviews, album reviews, some interviews, a letter or two, even a few ads or promo materials. My main rule is that each piece be interesting & informative in some way. (On the other hand, things like generic journalistic recaps of the band's history, or brief upcoming show announcements, I'll try to avoid.)

The Dead.net archive has been invaluable, but of course is very incomplete. And in terms of finding, searching, reading or quoting an article, a typed text is much more accessible & useful than an image scan (though it's another step away from "the source").
When taken from a scan, the articles are very faithfully transcribed. (Some glaring typos are fixed, but some I leave in.)
I also gladly include pieces that are already up elsewhere on the Web, with links to the original locations. My principle is that duplication is far better than watching an article disappear when its website changes or goes down. And there are some sources from, say, underground or college newspapers that have been put online, but are little-known or not easily found in any case.

I've also added many of my own comments to the articles, pointing out things that struck me, or some obvious errors.

It is a site in progress - so far I've gone mostly chronologically, up through 1971. There are many more pieces to include, and numerous articles or reviews I'd still like to find.
So, if you collect such things, or have found old articles somewhere online that I've overlooked, please let me know or leave a comment!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 1, 2012 1:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Sources

Oh no! I have things to do today!

This is great, LiA. Thanks for all the amazing work you do.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Aug 1, 2012 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Sources

Very cool LiA!!
I don't know where you find the time, but I'm certainly glad that you do!! Nice touch...unveiling it on Jerry's Birthday. A present for all of us! BRAVO!

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 1, 2012 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Sources

"Many vintage Dead articles are gathered here so that you can read through the Dead's early history as it was seen and reported in the press at the time,without hindsight."

Without hindsight being the key phrase in that paragraph.This will be a very interesting site to investigate.Thanks for the effort,I'm sure it will prove to be time well spent.Also the redesign of your other blogspot,Deadessays is an improvement in that it now seems easier to read and more pleasing to the eye.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 1, 2012 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Sources

I agree the redesign is an improvement. The look should've been changed long ago - I was sick of that narrow text column!

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Poster: barongsong Date: Aug 2, 2012 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Sources

Grate stuff! Thanks for all your work.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 1, 2012 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Sources

Thumbs up, once again .

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 1, 2012 4:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Sources

FANTASTIC.
"Thanks" seems insufficient, but when I retire and can REALLY just think about the Grateful Dead all day long - instead of inbetween work I am supposed to be doing - I will be so "grateful" your work is there.

So fitting, for JG's birthday ...

This post was modified by ringolevio on 2012-08-01 11:58:44